Federal prosecutors Friday recommended a four-year prison term for former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who has admitted using $750,000 in campaign funds to pay his living expenses and to splurge on luxury items like furs and jewelry.
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The government also wants Jackson to repay his campaign $750,000.
Jackson used campaign money to pay everything from groceries and dry-cleaning expenses to big ticket items, including a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch and celebrity memorabilia belonging to Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr. according to court documents.
He and his wife, Sandi, are scheduled to be sentenced in July.
Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, has pleaded guilty to falsifying the couple's income-tax returns over six years. Prosecutors are recommending an 18-month sentence for her, but not to be served at the same time as her husband.
Prosecutors say Sandi Jackson could be released to home confinement in a little more than a year to resume caring for the couple's two children.
The ex-congressman expressed remorse before he pleaded guilty in February, saying he lived off his campaign "for years."
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SOURCE: USA Today
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